Iowa’s Governor Doesn’t Want You to Read ThisPosted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on March 14, 2012
Do you know where your food comes from? Let’s hope not from Iowa.
On March 2, Iowa governor Terry Branstad caved to the factory farming lobby and signed a law designed to keep the public in the dark about the cruelty that pervades modern animal agriculture.
The so-called "ag gag" law is aimed at animal advocates who go undercover at factory farms to expose the exploitation of animals at these facilities; however, the law also poses significant threats to public health and safety. Undercover investigations are often necessary to expose not only criminal animal cruelty, but dangerous food safety violations — the sort that result in massive food safety recalls and all too frequently lead to outbreaks of food-borne illness.
That’s why the Animal Legal Defense Fund is proposing a law designed to minimize the risk to citizens of contracting food-borne illnesses by prohibiting state or local governments from purchasing or distributing food products from any jurisdiction — like Iowa — that passes an ag gag law.
Protect your food and farmed animals with a donation to the Animal Legal Defense Fund. ALDF is working hard to prevent factory farmers from hiding the truth about what goes on behind closed doors — to win justice for the animals already suffering in miserable conditions on factory farms and to protect the public from consuming unsafe food products.
ALDF’s Protect Your Food Act will not only help protect your family and the residents of your state from increased risk of exposure to contaminated food…it will also serve as a legislative strike back against the corporate agriculture lobby in states that choose to keep consumers in the dark by passing ag gag laws.